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PIA Press Release
2010/11/30

Caloocan gov't to clamp down on illegal firecrackers

Caloocan City (30 November) -- Mayor Enrico "Recom" Echiverri said that the local government will step up its campaign against individuals who are selling prohibited types of firecrackers even as Christmas and New Year draw nearer.

In his directive, Echiverri tasked the local police, members of the Reformed Department of Public Safety and Traffic Management (RDPSTM) and other departments to monitor vendors in markets and other commercial places for possible presence of prohibited firecrackers.

Among the banned firecrackers are watusi and piccolo which are popular among children but pose a serious health threat to them particularly when these are accidentally ingested.

Aside from these, the city government also outlaws the peddling of powerful types of firecrackers that could cause damages to both life and property of residents.

It was recalled that the Department of Health (DOH) earlier issued a warning regarding the harmful effects of illegal firecrackers to the body especially to children who might treat watusi and piccolo as a fatal snack.

Not least among the perils of firecrackers are fires, that's why the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) has been sternly advising residents to refrain from using firecrackers during Christmas and New Year revelry.

Echiverri likewise warned peddlers of illegal firecrackers to put a stop to their trade or else risk facing the appropriate charges.

"Let us put into consideration the safety of others when selling these firecrackers. We shouldn't endanger the lives of other people and even that of our own family just for the sake of measly profit," Echiverri added. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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